Diabetes is a Complex Medical Condition Which can Affect the Entire Body.
Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are conditions where the body finds it difficult to handle and store glucose from food. Nearly all carbohydrate-containing foods, from breads to fruits, have some level of glucose. Glucose can also be produced as a result of excessive protein intake.
Diabetes is a chronic condition but it does not have to be a sentence to deteriorating health. With good blood glucose control, health problems can be delayed and in many cases avoided altogether.
You have two options:
Continue to eat a ‘modern’ diet high in carbohydrate and take more and more medication for the rest of your life.
Reduce your carbohydrate intake, require less or no medication and take back control of your blood glucose levels!
That is the LCHF way – a Lower Carbohydrate and Healthy Fat diet, where you replace carbohydrates with natural fat rather than protein.
LCHF is scientifically proven to be a better and sustainable way of living. Welcome to Nutrition for Life!
There Are Two Different Types of Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes
The pancreas cannot produce enough insulin (the key) because cells that produce insulin have been destroyed.
This means that insulin needs to be replaced by injections.
About 5-10% of all cases of diabetes are Type 1.
Type 2 Diabetes
The pancreas still produces some insulin but the insulin does not work very well – it is like having the wrong key for a door. To try and fix this, the pancreas produces more insulin but eventually it cannot make enough to keep glucose in the right balance.
Type 2 diabetes can be treated with lifestyle changes, tablets or injecting insulin.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, affecting 90-95% of all people with diabetes.
The following is a great article that spells out the current science – reduce your sugar and carbs for your health – please. The Nutrition for Life team would recommend replacing the carbs with more fat.
- Ketogenic Diets for Diabetes Control
- Dr Troy Stapleton talks about a very low carbohydrate’ Ketogenic’ diet in controlling his Diabetes
- David Dikeman living with his Type 1
- Lisa Schreger telling her LCHF story for her teenager and getting control
Diabetes is the Name Given to a Condition that Results From Too Much Glucose in the Blood and Impaired Insulin Metabolism.
Glucose is used by the body as a source of fuel and is found in nearly all foods that contain carbohydrate (CHO), including breads, cereals, fruits, starchy vegetables and sweets. Glucose can also be produced as a result of excessive protein intake.
Glucose from food is carried in the blood and delivered to our cells to be used for energy. The level of glucose in the blood must remain in balance – problems occur if it is too high or too low.
Insulin is a hormone that is made in the pancreas and it works like a key to a door. Insulin is the key that opens the door to our cells and allows the glucose to pass in from the blood to be used in the cell for energy. If there is not enough insulin, or it is not working properly, the insulin cannot open the door to the cell and the glucose stays in the blood. If the glucose cannot pass into the cell, blood glucose levels rise and diabetes occurs.
The damage in diabetes starts when cells get overwhelmed with excess glucose (in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes) or excess insulin (in Type 2 diabetes).
The damage occurs by inflammation and oxidative stress and the combination starves cells of the important nutrients they need to work properly.
Once cells become insulin resistant and blood glucose starts to rise, the situation gets further exacerbated by the toxic effects of elevated glucose (glycation and glucotoxicity).
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